Mandy Lucas - Counselling and Outdoor Therapy
- I offer a free 10 minute telephone consultation to chat about your needs
- I offer outdoor walking sessions and telephone sessions
- I am an Experienced and Accredited Counsellor with 14 years post-qualification experience.
- Read my published articles below about how change happens and about outdoor therapy.
- See my short video introduction below.
Deciding to come to counselling is definitely the first step. It can be a tough decision though! Finding the right therapist for you can feel like a huge challenge. It's worth thinking about how much experience counsellors have, for example have they worked in private practice for some years or are they fresh out of training? Remember that working with an experienced therapist will probably require less sessions than with someone less experienced. I have over fourteen years of post-qualification experience. Here are some testimonials from people I have worked with:
'I was sceptical about counselling when initially suggested to me but you have been an amazing support and have changed my outlook on life for the foreseeable future, arming me with the skills to go forward. I really appreciate how you have rebuilt me and re-established my resilience....I'm ready for the world again now.. thank you so much for all your help, I loved our walks.' October 2020
'Mandy's approach effectively got me to a place where I can live and grow round past events rather than wanting to remove them. Having Mandy to specifically listen, talk with and help navigate my feelings and perceptions was invaluable. By setting time aside to consider and confront my feelings via a range of techniques, the result was increased self esteem and a general feeling that it's going to be better than OK! I would definitely recommend. Thanks Mandy.' August 2020
I work both indoors and out! I work from a log cabin in my garden (see photos) and I also offer walking therapy.
Coping with life pressures can sometimes feel overwhelming and leave no time or space for you. Day to day functioning can become really hard to manage and you may feel a loss of control. This could be caused by:
- anxiety, generalised anxiety disorder and panic attacks
- depression, low mood, feeling sad, lack of motivation
- low self-esteem and low confidence
- social anxiety
- heightened stress, feeling overloaded and overwhelmed
- work stress, performance anxiety, redundancy, retirement
- relationship issues, including separation and divorce
- loss or bereavement
- family issues including with children and their education
- past issues that repeatedly return and affect how you feel
You may feel sad, burdened, and lacking in energy. This is the time to get some support for yourself. Counselling will help you to figure out what needs to change.
Being in nature can offer a different way to connect with ourselves. Working outdoors might involve walking, exploring an area or sitting in one place.
Training, qualifications & experience
I qualified as a Counsellor in 2007 (BTEC Professional Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling) and have a Degree (BA Honours) in Sociology and Psychology from the University of Leicester.
In 2018 I completed a Certificate in Environmentally Based Therapy which involved 15 days training in therapeutic work outdoors plus 100 hours online study time.
I have additional training in other models including Transactional Analysis and CBT.
I have worked independently as a counsellor since 2010.
I have 14 years of qualified experience in a variety of settings. These include :
- An NHS Service offering brief therapy for depression, anxiety and other issues
- for employees focusing on work-related issues
- education – working with children and families in schools
- bereavement services
- sexual abuse/violence services
- women's centre
- GP practice - primary care mental health service
- university student/staff counselling service
- independent service for military families
I previously worked in mental health services for ten years, including: working with young people on a rehabilitation ward in a private psychiatric hospital; in residential community support for people with severe and enduring mental health problems and as a mental health advocate for Craven Advocacy.
I offer confidential counselling and work to the guidelines of the Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy. I access counselling supervision in line with BACP guidelines via an external supervisor; your identity will be kept in confidence.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Childhood sexual abuse
From £55.00 to £65.00
Concessions offered for
Face to face indoor and telephone sessions are 50 minutes.
Walking sessions are 1 hour.
Fees are between £55 and £65 per session. Charges are based upon my level of experience. Fewer sessions are usually needed with a more experienced therapist. Concessions may be available.
Please feel free to give me a call or e-mail about your particular needs.
Flexible availability, daytime and evening - please ring, text or e-mail to chat about your needs.
I can offer short or long term work to suit your needs.
I am based in Sutton in Craven, easily accessed by car. Parking is immediately outside my property. It is a ten minute walk from the bus stop in the village.
All e-mail and phone messages are confidential and accessed solely be me.